All posts by “Nicole Tschampel

De Kolta’s Marvelous Cube

This video was a component of the exhibition, The Real Unknown. It is one of six videos from a piece titled Doubting Odile.

House of Cards

In these works the cards are photographed on simple black backgrounds, which are separated from them for compositing. These negative spaces (cutouts) then reappear in the compositions functioning as voids and patterns that trace back to the photographic and digital process used to create the […]

American Still Life

American Still Life began with an aesthetic impulse to explore the carefully considered visual impact of both the packaging and product of highly processed, shelf stable food—specifically the paradoxical spectacularly horrific beauty; the eye-catching colors, the mass-manufactured forms of the foods, and the overarching premium placed […]

Still Life

These pieces developed in response to my interest in the allegorical vocabulary in Dutch still life paintings from the 1700’s. These were also the first pieces in which I photographed individual objects on a black backdrop, offering me the ability to print and mount the […]

Fairy Tales

In these works I am created fictional tableaus, using photography as a tool to suspend and distort reality. I photographed a diverse range of objects—quotidian, personal and fantastical— creating a visual vocabulary to formalize and structure compositions. The objects that I choose to photograph stemmed […]


Over the last year I have taken pictures of the maps from the GPS systems in cars at various locations that have personal significance to me. I then remove all the specific language from the image leaving a modern day landscape. This particular piece is […]

Home of the Big Mess

Home of the Big Mess is a recreation of a neon sign from a deli window in Flushing, Queens that I passed everyday on my way to work. The Big Mess is their number one selling sandwich.

The Economy of Commerce

The Commerce of Economy evolved out my continual anxiety over personal fiscal matters. Isolating and enlarging all four corners of a dollar bill, I etched each number one and its accompanying distinct decorative components on a sheet of glass. When lit from above the number […]

The Harvest

The Harvest deals with the relationship between perceptions of the availability of seasonal foods and the resulting shift in consumption due to the globalization of the produce supply in America. In this piece I set out to document how images of that system are presented […]

The Good News

The Good News deals with both the humorous and callous way in which language is used in the media. Over the period of one year I collected The New York Post for everyday in which I was in town. Painting out everything on the cover […]

The Russians are Coming

The Russians are Coming is a video created using appropriated clips from the 1966 American comedy film, The Russians are Coming, The Russians are Coming. The movie tells the Cold War story of the comedic chaos which ensues when a Soviet submarine accidentally runs aground […]


As long as I have been in New York I have photographed mattresses left on the sidewalk for trash pick-up.  

whatever happens (eclipse machine)

The eclipse is projected onto a 60 foot curved wall that is painted midnight blue, the blue of a crisp winter night. The black silhouette of a city and its surrounding countryside edges the bottom of the wall. A total lunar eclipse is far more […]


The work 30 consists of thirty video clips taken over the thirtieth year of my life. Punctuating the division between each video clip is a flashcard with text on it, mimicking the format of silent films. Prosaic comments such as “ Move your feet” and […]